Today, the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH), the reproductive rights group that has been a leading advocate for local funding models, praised the New York City council’s passing of the Abortion Access Fund Initiative.
NIRH has been at the forefront of local abortion funding advocacy efforts, proactively working with lawmakers in New York City and around the country to initiate and expand budget allocations since long before the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The New York City Council was the first in the nation to recognize the value of such municipal funding when it first began allocating funding to the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) in 2019, an initiative championed by NIRH. After the passage that allocation, the city of Austin followed in New York City’s footsteps, allocating funding for its residents for practical support for abortion care – and other cities across the country quickly did the same.
“We are proud to have partnered with the New York City Council once again to protect and expand abortion access,” said Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) and the NIRH Action Fund. “Today’s vote is a reminder to cities across our country that local funding can play a tremendous role in the fight for equitable and accessible abortion care. The funding secured through this initiative will not only provide greater access to abortion for New Yorkers, but also help ensure access to abortion for those who are able to travel to New York City for care. We applaud the New York City Council for their actions today, and . we urge other cities to join New York in taking critical steps to protect reproductive healthcare and freedom.”
NIRH proudly worked with advocates, Council Member Shahana Hanif, and Council Member Carlina Rivera to move this initiative forward. The new initiative will fund patient access to abortion by supporting local organizations and funds across the city.
Specifically, $500,000 will be given to the Brigid Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing practical support for pregnant people seeking abortions, and$250,000 will be allocated to New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF), adding to the $250,000 they receive annually from this initiative.
The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) is an advocacy group that works directly with state and local reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations to protect and advance equitable access to reproductive health care.
Our strategy is to go on the offensive to pass laws that safeguard reproductive freedom. NIRH partners with communities to build coalitions, launch campaigns, and successfully advocate for policy change, so the fabric of reproductive freedom is harder to tear apart.